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Campra: Requiem

Summary

Concerts
Accueil Campra: Requiem 2023

Cast

  • Gwendoline Blondeel Dessus
  • Bastien Rimondi Haute-contre
  • David Tricou Haute-contre
  • Antonin Rondepierre Taille
  • Matthieu Walendzik* Basse-taille
  • Igor Bouin Basse-taille
  • *Former laureate of the Jardin des Voix Academy
  • Les Arts Florissants Choir and Orchestra
  • William Christie Conductor

Presentation

“Campra is one of those masters, between Lully and Rameau: that generation at the beginning of the 18th century where there were a great number of very great composers. He has a remarkable and very singular personality.”

William Christie

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André Campra (1660-1744), a Provençal composer and renowned choirmaster at the cathedrals of Toulon, then Arles, Toulouse and Paris, likely wrote this Requiem Mass shortly after his arrival in Paris in 1694, while directing the choir of Notre-Dame.  Composed for a service in memory of the Archbishop of Paris, Monseigneur François de Harlay, in November 1695, this mass is part of a period when Campra’s religious music was reaching its full maturity: the traditional polyphony is treated with the same expressiveness as the solo arias, which already announce the composer’s taste for opera – it was at this time that he began writing his opera-ballet L’Europe galante.  The instrumental passages, far from being simple preludes, interludes or postludes, also attest the marked sensitivity of the future sub-master of the Royal Chapel of Versailles.

 

In performing this monument to the music of the Grand Siècle, Les Arts Florissants once again illustrate their vocation to revive the great works of the French baroque.

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Programme

First part: 35 mins

Intermission

Second part: 45 mins

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André Campra

Misere (Psaume 50)

 

Entracte

 

André Campra

Messe de Requiem

I. Introït
II. Kyrie
III. Graduel
IV. Offertoire
V. Sanctus
VI. Agnus dei
VII. Communion

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The Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles

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